A Journey Back In Time Ivan Nikolov 7v
Tudor towns • There were only 4 million people living in Tudor England and the towns were not very big. London was the largest.
The houses • The Tudors built many thousands of new houses. A few were grand palaces made of stone but most were smaller. They had wooden frames pinned together with wooden pegs and the spaces were filled with clay or brick.Brick and stone were only used for building big county houses. Most building were made of wood and plaster.
Life at home • Everything had to be done by hand so the housewife was a busy person. The people then were not as particular as we are about changing their clothes. Washing would only be done about once a month in a big house, there might only be one washday in three months.
Beds like this one were very precious and would be passed down to families when people died. Most people's beds were feather mattresses covered with thick sheets and wool blankets. The walls had wood paneling to keep out draughts.
Food and Drink • Most people ate well. The main part of each meal was meat. This could be beef, lamb, pork, rabbit, deer, goat or wildfowl, rich people even ate swans. • Ordinary people cooked, ate and slept in the same room. They would cook over an open fire and would probably drink beef or cider with each meal.
Education • Schools were mainly for rich children. Most pupils were boys and very few girls were educated. Some were taught at home by a tutor. Pupils spent a long time at school. After three years at a nursery school they moved on to a grammar school when they were seven. They only had two holidays of about two weeks each, one at Christmas and one at Easter. For the rest of the year they only had Sundays off.
They day began at 6 or 8 o'clock in the morning. Lunch was at 11 o'clock and afternoon lessons lasted from 1 o'clock until 5 o'clock.
Crime and Punishment • People who committed crimes could be put in the stocks. They always stood where lots of people would pass and they would throw things at the criminals. • Beggars were a big problem. People were afraid of them. If they became a nuisance they were dragged thought the streets being whipped.
Most towns had a ducking chair to punish women who were scolds. The chairs was kept near a pond or river and was hung in a see-saw. The women was tied inot the chair, dipped into the water and pulled out again. Other people could be burned at the stake.